Team USA dropped a 4-1 decision to Sweden in Lake Placid this afternoon in its third international game of the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
The contest featured 22 of the 28 U.S. players currently participating in the camp and auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.
"We needed to take fewer penalties," said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "We'll learn from today's game and see how our guys respond against Finland tomorrow."
Sweden scored three goals on consecutive power-play opportunities over a three-minute span in the second period. They extended their lead to 4-0 six minutes into the third period with yet another goal on the man advantage.
Team USA found the back of the net midway through the third period to cut Sweden's lead to three. Patrick Wey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) fired a long snap shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic to the crease. Zach Budish (Edina, Minn.) was there to redirect the shot past Swedish goalie Robin Lehner.
The U.S. could not complete a comeback, however, and took its first loss of the camp. Team USA goalie Zane Gothberg (Grand Forks, N.D.) made 24 saves in the loss, while Lehner turned aside 22 shots in a winning effort.
The U.S. will return to action tomorrow (Aug. 7) at 4 p.m. EDT against Finland in the final game of the camp.
NOTES: Team USA went 0-for-6 on the power-play, while Sweden was 4-for-10 with the man advantage ... Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn.) leads all players at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp with six goals in six games against teams from Finland, Sweden and the U.S. ... Bjugstad (6-1--7) and Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./ 3-4--7) are tied for the camp lead with seven points ... The U.S. has posted a 2-0-0-1 record in international competition at the camp. For full camp coverage, including a live scoring and statistics from the international games, a blog, photos, videos, and rosters, visit USAHockey.com... Team USA's final game against Finland will be webcast at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com ... The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships will take place Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. Additional information including a full preliminary-round tournament schedule and ticket details can be found at BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ...The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp that will begin in mid-December ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at Yale University, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Allain will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter, USA Hockey's national goaltending coach ... Mark Carlson, head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, and Greg Brown, assistant men's ice hockey coach at Boston College, will also participate in Lake Placid as camp coaches ... Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel.